Tell you what, every year I
like to post the true story of the first Thanksgiving, which needless to say is
very different from the politically correct crap we get from the media and from
our liberal education system. It’s true that Thanksgiving did originate in
Puritan New England, but not in the way we have been told.
This is the original
proclamation issued by the governor and Council of State of the Massachusetts
Bay Colony on June the 20th, 1676.
"The Holy God having by
a long and Continual Series of his Afflictive dispensations in and by the
present Warr with the Heathen Natives of this land, written and brought to pass
bitter things against his own Covenant people in this wilderness, yet so that
we evidently discern that in the midst of his judgments he hath remembered
mercy, having remembered his Footstool in the day of his sore displeasure
against us for our sins, with many singular Intimations of his Fatherly
Compassion, and regard; reserving many of our Towns from Desolation Threatened,
and attempted by the Enemy, and giving us especially of late with many of our
Confederates many signal Advantages against them, without such Disadvantage to
ourselves as formerly we have been sensible of, if it be the Lord's mercy that
we are not consumed, It certainly bespeaks our positive Thankfulness, when our
Enemies are in any measure disappointed or destroyed; and fearing the Lord
should take notice under so many Intimations of his returning mercy, we should
be found an Insensible people, as not standing before Him with Thanksgiving, as
well as lading him with our Complaints in the time of pressing Afflictions:
"The Council has thought meet to appoint and set apart the 29th day
of this instant June, as a day of Solemn Thanksgiving and praise to God for
such his Goodness and Favour, many Particulars of which mercy might be
Instanced, but we doubt not those who are sensible of God's Afflictions, have
been as diligent to espy him returning to us; and that the Lord may behold us
as a People offering Praise and thereby glorifying Him; the Council doth
commend it to the Respective Ministers, Elders and people of this Jurisdiction;
Solemnly and seriously to keep the same Beseeching that being perswaded by the
mercies of God we may all, even this whole people offer up our bodies and
soulds as a living and acceptable Service unto God by Jesus Christ."
Note that the actual first
Thanksgiving was proclaimed 56 years after the landing at Plymouth Rock, and so
it had nothing to do with the Pilgrims. Note also that it was in June, which
actually makes a lot more sense than a cold Massachusetts November.
Finally note that the first
Thanksgiving was to celebrate a White military victory over the Indians, not to
invite them all to sit around the same table over turkey and cranberry sauce.
The victory in question was the winding down of what is known as King Philip’s
War, which was the only Indian uprising in American history that ever had a
serious chance of driving the English colonists out of the land. In case anyone
questions that, it was only a few years later that the Indians actually did
drive the Spanish out of Santa Fe and back to Mexico for
twelve years, so the danger was quite real.
In the space of little more
than a year, twelve of the region's towns in Massachusetts,
Connecticut, and Rhode Island were destroyed and many more
damaged, the colony's economy was all but ruined, and much of its population
was killed, including one-tenth of all men available for military service. So
when you sit down to your turkey and pumpkin pie today, give thanks to those
Yankee religious fanatics, whatever you may think of them, who fought and bled
and in some cases lost their homes and everything they had in order to win White
people the right to stay here and become Americans eventually.
The present third Thursday in
November holiday originated as a propaganda stunt proclaimed by Abraham Lincoln
during the Civil War, in order to distract the North’s attention from the fact
that at the time, the Union was getting its ass kicked by the Confederate Army.